Burleson and Barkley Bridge Elementary Schools share Christmas carols with the crowd.

Hartselle tree lighting ceremony sees huge crowd

By Lauren Estes-Velez

Hartselle Enquirer

 

More than 30 Christmas trees were uniquely decorated and donated by community members and all lit up in unison Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Earth Park.

Businesses, schools, churches, individuals, families – each donated the 34 total Christmas trees, decorated in each individual or group’s unique style.

Lions Club member and Journeys by Design owner Dena Nagel said she was thrilled with both the turnout and the participation with the event.

“I’m so excited with how many people and families came tonight,” Nagel said. “It’s such a neat thing and great way to unite the community. We had several businesses that donated trees, and then a school group would decorate it.

“We hope that this event will grow even more next year, but we are very happy with the turnout.”

Two elementary schools were present sharing Christmas carols with the large crowd. Barkley Bridge Elementary Principal Tina Towers said she was proud of both Barkley Bridge and F.E. Burleson for their performances at the event.

“It was a total success,” Towers said. “Everything about tonight was great, and I’m so proud and excited for the students.”

F.E. Burleson fourth-grader Lillie Thornton said she enjoyed the practice and the presentation of what she said was one of her favorite songs.

“I loved ‘Mary Did you Know,’” Lillie said. “We practiced a long time, and I had a lot of fun tonight.”

Blount County resident Mary Beth Robinson said she and her children traveled to the Christmas event to see the “Serenity Tree,” which was a remembrance tree for former Mayor Don Hall.

Hartselle resident Justin Morrow and his family donated and decorated a USA-inspired Christmas tree, which event attendees immediately saw as they walked into Earth Park.

“It was a great community event, and I was really happy to be a part of it,” Morrow said.

 

Hartselle resident Justin Morrow, his wife Kim, daughter Addy and son Ezra decorated a USA-inspired Christmas tree for the event.

 

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